I’m not one for New Year Resolutions. I look at it as if I need a date to start doing something, I probably won’t do it. But this year as I sat at my desk on Jan 1st and reflected back on 2013. I realized that I need, no… want to make a change. 2013 was just a blah year for me. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. The most I can really say is I work a lot on my business, I’m still doing a lot of things I don’t want to do and I visited two places I don’t care to go to again. So for 2014 I thought, why not make some goals and changes? Things that I want to do to make my life better.
The end of 2013 is upon us. Are you ready for the new year?
If you planned ahead you already have a jump start on getting everything right where it should be to make your accountant happy. Good for you but, if your like most samll business owners this time of the year seems to pop up out of nowhere.
If you have no idea where to start I have a made a checklist for you:
Get your books in order
Take a look at your financials
Evaluate last years goals
Brush up on new laws
Gather your documents
Set new goals
July 1, 2013 and that means we are half way through the year and how are your goals doing?
You have a goal in mind and you want to put it to action, only problem is the in-between. Getting to that goal requires teamwork and planning. Planning works best when handled by a team, a team works best when it has a good plan of action. If you are stuck on how to get from point A to point B in your goal, here are a few ideas to get you started: [More]
Did you know that 95% of business experience employee theft? It’s a horrifying feeling when your business experiences theft from the inside. The feelings of anger and guilt can eat away at you.
Preventing employee theft can be time consuming, but the costs and time involved truly outweigh the costs of having to recover from the theft. Here are a few ideas to keep your businesses money flowing where it should be.
• Policies and procedures
• Alterations of ANY photocopied documents
• Employees in close relationships with suppliers
• Inventory (including office supplies)
• Checks written to cash
If motivation and engagement seem to be a little less than stellar with your staff members, your office may have the post-holiday blues.
Combat the post-holiday blues by getting your staff back on board with your company’s vision and goals. Your staff needs to believe in what your company is trying to achieve. Get them to [Read More]
Business owners often have a love hate relationship with budgeting. The Fortune 1000 would not think about joining the next fiscal year WITHOUT a budget, so why is it so hard for the smaller business to do this time honored process. Here are the three areas I see that cause owners to get stuck.
1. Forecasting. [Read More]
By the end of this week, the Holiday Music will begin. I like to think of this as the planning season to help create a stunning 2013. To make the most of a planning season, first stop obsessing about WHAT has happened and put your plan in place for what WILL happen.
We increase our chance [Read More]
The people you surround yourself with have a greater influence on you than you think. Those people can have a direct influence on your success or failure.
I recently ran into an old friend. We parted ways over 7 years ago because he stopped growing up. He was forever 21. Rock n’ Roll all day [Read More]
Want to make 2013 the year your business gets organized? Start now!
Here are a few ways to make the new year a little less cluttered;
Scan your receipts and invoices and electronically file them by month. Some office programs even allow the electronic copy to be attached to the item.
Get rid of old files no longer [Read More]
Summer can be a wonderful distraction from the world of work. To stay productive when it isn’t your week to vacation, creating some distractions does helps. The apple break has always been a favorite of mine. When I’m feeling sluggish, can’t finish the task or just having really heavy eyelids, it is time for a break. [Read More]